Getting ready to sell your house?
Depending on the age of your home and how long you have lived in it, there may be a lot of preparation work to get it ready to put on the market. You will want to be sure that when you do find a buyer your home can pass inspection. It’s not too soon to start looking for problem areas or even considering a pre-listing inspection, even if you don’t plan to sell until next year.
Here are some things you can check before you list to help avoid surprises.
- Remove soil or mulch from contact with siding. Six (6) or more inches of clearance is preferred.
- Ensure that there is proper grading around the house including under a deck or porches.
- Divert all water away from the house; i.e. downspouts, sump pump, condensation drains and the like. Grade should slope away from the structure. Clean out basement entry drains.
- Trim trees, roots and bushes back from the foundation, roof, siding and chimney.
- If your furnace and air conditioning has not been serviced in the last year, have it professionally cleaned and serviced and keep the receipt for the buyer.
- Have the chimney, fireplace or wood stove cleaned and provide the buyer with a copy of the cleaning record.
- Ensure that all doors and windows are in proper operating condition, including repairing or replacing any cracked windowpanes and seal failures.
- Update attic ventilation if none is present and make sure all bathroom vents are venting to the exterior.
This is just a partial list, but it can help you get a jump start on your selling preparations. If you have any questions about the current real estate market or would like a consultation about getting your home ready to sell, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to answer questions.
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